Former Union Minister and senior Congress leader from Uttar Pradesh Jitin Prasada joined BJP in presence of union railway minister Piyush Goyal and Rajya Sabha member Anil Baluni at party headquarters, giving a big jolt to the Congress party.
Welcoming Prasada, Goyal praised his commitment to serve the people and said that he (Prasada) will play an important role in Uttar Pradesh. “He will have a major role in Uttar Pradesh politics in the future. He is someone who is connected to the ground realities and is a popular leader in the state,” Goyal said. Prasada thanked BJP president JP Nadda, prime minister Narendra Modi, Union home minister Amit Shah for accepting him in the saffron fold.
Prasada said, “The question is not why I’m leaving a party but why I’m joining another party. If there is a party in the real sense today, an institutional party, then it is the BJP. Other parties are either regional or person specific.”
After joining BJP, Prasada said, “I feel there is no purpose of your doing politics or staying in a political party if a person is not able to serve or protect the interest of its people. I realised being in Congress and not being able to do the same. So, I joined BJP and my work will only speak for itself.”
The saffron party believes that Prasada joining BJP will help it pacify Brahmins in Uttar Pradesh, where the Assembly poll will be held early next year. A party insider said that Prasada could be projected as the Brahmin face of the party which is completely missing in Uttar Pradesh.
Dissent, anger and now anguish. The Congress in Uttar Pradesh sank into the realms of despair on Wednesday as soon as the news of former Union minister Jitin Prasada joining the BJP came.
The young party workers vented their ire against the party high command, particularly Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, for demolishing the Congress.
In a WhatsApp group run by these leaders, party workers ‘congratulated’ Priyanka for finishing the party.
One leader wrote, “Priyanka is directly responsible for the state of affairs. She has leased the party to left wing leaders who do not understand the ideology and culture of the Congress.”